Vertigo

Vertigo ★★★★★

Colour schemes of paranoia and voyeurism. Perfect reds and greens. It's taken me far too long to realise Vertigo is Hitchcock's best work. As I've matured, I find that my classic favourites (Rear Window, Psycho, North by Northwest) have more accessible thrills and tension, but Vertigo remains Hitchcock's most rich and complete film. The switch works a thousand ways in Vertigo, as the perception of which lead is mentally ill shifts from the woman to the man. This is obsession amplified, cinema's dark secret unmasked and Hitchcock's fantasies on display. It's beauty that melts away all, just grotesquely good.

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